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Pastel Demo using Canson's Touch Sanded Texture Board

Pastel Demo using Canson's Touch Sanded Texture Board

New product at Swinon's

For this article we went to the Swinton's Research & Development Team. Deep in our secret underground facility we gave the white lab coat and goggles to Duane Hendricks. His mission: to test the new Canson Touch Sanded Pastel Paper with the Unison Pastels.

All kidding aside. Along with the likes of Horace Champagne and Susan Woolgar (demo), Duane is one of Canada's most accomplished pastelists and he has offered his skill to give us a review of Canson's new addition to the paper world, Mi-Teintes Touch Sanded Texture Board.

Duane Hendricks demonstrates...

Strokes of Genius 4 - Doug Swinton

Strokes of Genius 4 - Doug Swinton

The Best of Drawing - Exploring Line

"Line is arguably the most fundamental and direct element in art, and also the most expressive ... as personal as handwriting. Strokes of Genius 4 explores the linework of more than 100 contemporary masters. These artists tell the stories of their varied subjects through strong verticals and sweeping diagonals, quick staccatos and loose, sensuous strokes."

We are proud to anounce that our very own Doug Swinton was included in this beautiful publication.  

Begin With Dominance

Begin With Dominance

Painting Lesson by Doug Swinton

Be it monsters under the bed or skeletons in the closet, for any artist there is nothing is quite as frightening and intimidating as staring at a blank sheet of paper or the vastness of an empty canvas. Since the day I read Painting as a Pass Time I have always agreed with Winston Churchill's analogy that painting is just like War. "To fight. To go into battle against multiple forces. And to go into combat one must be prepared."

How to tell when a painting is finished.

How to tell when a painting is finished.

Paintings don’t really end, they just arrive at interresting places to stop.

Something happened the other day while I was painting.  It has happened before.  It’s happened many times before, but this time I decided I would write down all the things that led up to the event and how I can prevent it from happening again.  I was working on a painting that was coming along to what I thought was a fairly nice piece of work.  I was almost finished when all of a sudden it blew up before my eyes.  I had ruined it.

Preservation Guide for Matting and Framing

Preservation Guide for Matting and Framing

Library of Congress - collection care and preservation

We follow all the rules outline in this guide, aimed at explaining principals in preservation framing. The terms "archival" and "preservation" and "conservation" are often used interchangeably in picture framing to refer to framing that gives artwork the highest level of protection possible. This type of framing is recomended for all valuable artwork, whether the value is monetary, historical or sentimental. 

10 Painting Tips - Painting Secrets #39

10 Painting Tips - Painting Secrets #39

By Doug Swinton

1. Focal Point: Choose one! The hardest part about painting is the vast buffet of visual stimuli Mother Nature puts out before you. Whether you are outdoors, painting a still life or using a photo you need to simplify thing so you don’t get over whelmed. If you are getting confused then most certainly the viewer will be confused. If you start by saying “my painting is about the barn and the cows and the tree, oh and for sure the puffy cloud and the fence… too much information!!!! Think is my painting going to be about the foreground, the middle ground or the background/ sky. One of these needs to be dominate and be a dominant shape.

 

Types of Matboard

Types of Matboard

A lesson on Matboards

Matboard, also referred to as a mat, is a heavy paper-based material used in the picture framing process. This cardboard-like material sits between a frame and your photography or artwork to give it a complete finished look. During the picture framing process, matboard also serves as additional protection, separating the art from the glass.

This article describes various different types of Matboards...

Wood Profiles

Wood Profiles

A lesson on mouldings

The mouldings pictured are the basic profiles of the framing industry. Profiles maybe wider, taller, have a deeper rabbet. They may be decorated with various finishes and embellishments. The quality of wood used in the finishing methods may vary with each manufacturer.

There are trends in the framing industry just as in decorating and clothing. The companies that design mouldings take into consideration the colours, furniture, and types of art that are popular and make mouldings to suit. Mouldings may be discontinued when they go out of style, although many "classics" remained available for many years.

Derwent Pastel Pencils and a drawing

Four Pencil Stubs

Derwent Pastel Pencils Worked to Death

A man accompanied by his wife visited Swinton's one day. Being around 80 years of age, this was a special outing. They went out only when it was absolutely necessary.

"I work them to a stub" he said, displaying in his hand four tiny remains of what used to be pencils.

Drawing is a sacred act, an ancient activity, a language onto itself. There is hardly a human being that hasn't done it. If you doodle, you draw. Some however, take this simple act to another level...

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